Fuji xpro2, 160mm, f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 6400
Shooting drummers in badly lit clubs is always tricky, because things move too fast for the camera to capture. Getting good shots is a combination of anticipation, repetition and luck. Here I managed to get Julian Addison with both sticks up and an interesting facial expression, I consider myself lucky!
Fuji xpro2, 140mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
It was hot as hell at the New Morning during the Dirty Dozen Brass Band gig. In fact, one of the band members remarked that it was as hot as New Orleans, except they have air conditioning there. This led drummer Julian Addison to play the second set bare chested, which the ladies probably enjoyed, but pleased me as a photographer as well. It gave these shots a distinct 70s atmosphere.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO 2000
Last summer I had the incredible luck of arriving in Paris just the day that the Stanton Moore Trio had been playing the Duc des Lombards. I was there, first row, with Stanton not 3 meters away from me. It wasn’t an easy set-up for photos, but the music was fantastic, and I did get a few interesting shots anyway.
Canon 7D, 320mm, f/4, 1/320s, ISO 1600
Some types of musicians are just hard to shoot: pianists are a particular challenge, I find. No so drummers. By definition, there’s always something going on and the instrument itself is a natural frame. Having said that, while it’s easy to visualise the shot, it’s actually devilishly hard to execute sometimes: getting the eyes open, the drumsticks up and a good facial expression altogether at the same time (not to mention a sharp shot, since drummers are often at the back, so your zoom is all the way out…) Anyway, when it works, it’s rewarding, and I really like this shot of Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis. Especially the sweat dripping down his backlit temples, that was the unexpected bonus.
Bruce Cox is the drummer of Fred Wesley’s new JBs, and he seeps funk through every pore…
Stanton Moore, my favourite drummer alive. It’s always tricky to catch drummers on frame, I was very pleased with this one.